Neck Lift

The neckline is one of the most defining – and revealing -- characteristics of a youthful appearance. When patients come to see Dr. Westine seeking facial plastic surgery, it's not uncommon for them to focus on a single aspect of their appearance rather than the overall picture. One of the most common concerns he hears from patients seeking facelifts is the "turkey wattle," the loose skin dangling under the chin. Many times patients will request just a "neck lift." In male patients, a direct excision of the loose skin and fat under the chin can produce a very nice result. A neck lift will address the “turkey wattle,” but it will not address the jowling very well. Dr. Westine will advise you as to whether a neck lift alone will treat your area of concern.

Dr. Westine is a board certified facial plastic surgeon, trained to perform plastic surgery exclusively on faces and necks. Some patients not ready for cosmetic surgery are better served with conservative measures, such as Botox for fine lines and wrinkles or fillers for deeper wrinkles. Patients who educate themselves about facial rejuvenation know when and if the time is right to proceed.

When discussing rejuvenation procedures, the best place to start is by looking at before-and-after photos to see just what can be accomplished. As you will see in the photos, patients often ask to combine a neck lift with other cosmetic surgery. Eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), chin implants, facelift, rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), otoplasty (ear surgery), and lip surgery can also be performed in conjunction with a neck lift.

At your initial consultation, Dr. Westine evaluates the bony and soft tissue architecture of your face and neck. Assessment of the face and neck provides the basis for what one may expect from a neck lift. Skin type, ethnic background, and age, along with the degree of degeneration and function, are important factors influencing the outcome of surgery.

As with all facial plastic surgery, a thorough health assessment and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Your understanding of procedures, routines, and risks is essential to a successful final result. Following your consultation, we continue our discussion at the preoperative appointment.

The success and safety of your neck lift depends very much on your complete candidness during your initial consultation. Dr. Westine will ask a number of questions about your health, desires, and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs
  • Any previous surgeries

Dr. Westine may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of neck lift surgery and any risks or potential complications

The Surgery

  • In House Surgical Center or hospital
  • 1-2 hours duration
  • Post-Op return office visit the next day

The Recovery

  • Minimal-moderate discomfort
  • Bruising up to two weeks

For examples of the before-and-after results of neck lifts performed at Delray Beach Plastic Surgery, visit our Gallery.


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